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SuperStudio 2018 – Breathing Space


Architecture Students Design Competition

SONA is full steam ahead in organising this year’s SuperStudio Architecture Students Design competition. The competition will run across the country with students responding to the same brief in teams. Winning teams from each state will go through to the national shortlist where the National winning team will receive a cash prize of $3000.


  • Saturday 22 September 9.00am – 5.00pm – Brief will be released across the country at 9.00am 
  • Sunday 23 September 9.00am – 5.00pm with dinner and presentations afterwards.


This event is FREE for SONA members!

Non-members can participate at a cost of $55.00 or become a SONA member and receive our special membership offer of $67.50 with full access to member benefits including entry to SuperStudio

How it works: 

You will need to register online individually in your state. You will receive a participant pack with all the details for your specific event. Teams will be formulated on the day and you can ask to be with your friends. Teams of three are handed the brief on the Saturday with final presentations to be held on Sunday. The winners of each state/territory go through to the national shortlist and have 10 days to finesse their presentation. The number of teams who go through to this shortlist depend on the number of schools in that particular state.


Individually register for your state location

Syd (including ACT & Newcastle) – University of New South Wales

Vic – Monash University

Qld – Queensland University of Technology

SA –  University of South Australia

Tas – University of Tasmania

WA  – University of Western Australia

NT –  Charles Darwin University


Thom McKenzie and Naomi Stead

Thom McKenzie is the director of Winwood McKenzie Architects.  

Prior to founding his own practice, Thom worked for leading international practices in Melbourne, Amsterdam, Milan and New York.

Thom is an active member of the profession. He is currently National president of the Emerging Architects and Graduate Network (EmAGN), a National Councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects and a member of the National Education Committee.

Thom completed his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded a traveling scholarship to study at the University of Manchester. He has taught design, construction and professional practice at RMIT, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Naomi Stead is Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Monash University

Naomi Stead is Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture at Monash University, Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, and research Leader at Hayball.

Her research interests lie broadly in architecture’s cultures of production, reproduction, mediation, and reception. She edited the book Semi-detached: Writing, representation and criticism in architecture (Uro, 2012), and was from 2011-2014 editor of Architectural Theory Review.

Stead is an award-winning and widely published architecture critic in Australia, having written more than fifty commissioned feature and review articles in professional magazines over the past decade. She is presently an architecture columnist for the San Francisco-based online Places Journal, where she writes essays on concepts and mythologies within and without architecture.